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Common Newt

Common Newt
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-14
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 320
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Amphibians - Salamanders & Newts 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-17 3:01
Viewed: 4428
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well Friday afternoon was nice and sunny and having found this Female Common newt under a pot on the nursery, I thought to try and see if I could get a good image out of the New Nikon D200 and the Troublesome Sigma 105 macro.
Because the place where I found her was impossible to shoot in I setup a small sceen in a plastic dish with some stones in the bottom and wood and moss round the edge to hide the horrible clear plastic.
I set up a reflector made from a polished sheet of Aluminium 45cm X 45cm proped up on the right of the picture to throw some light back into the picture from the right.
Taken with the camera set on my very solid Benbo 1 tripod with the camera about 60 - 80cm away to try and get some DOF out of the F18.0 set (though I did use various other ISO settings F16 to F18 seemed best.
Basically I placed her in the sceen and waited for her to do some thing and shot the resulting moves. I then placed her back under the same pot I found her under.
The image was shot in both Jpeg and Raw, though this is from the Jpeg one.
Shadows and Highlights to reveal details hidden in the shadow.
Crop image to size
Sharpen with USM
Save As to keep the Exif data intact.
Post to site and hope you like.
For more information about common newts have a look at my previous image of another female Common newt and look at the other links there, they were all taken with my old Sony F707 so it might be worth comparing the quality of the 2 cameras.

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I think you may be comparing the in-camera processing (much more visible sharpening, contrast and saturation boosting) of the Sony with the much more film-like image rendition of the Nikon. I have done a little work on this image - I could have done better with the original - see what you think? Maybe you think this is more comparable with what you are used to?
Regards, Nigel.

Wonderful shot Rob, its so unusual the way the newt is positioned, like its kneeling down. I prefer the DSLR image BTW. It needs a boast in contrast and colour saturation though. Very well done and good note.

Hi Robert.

Looks like your new tripod works great. If I had not read the note I would never have noticed the plastic - you did a nice setup for her. I have learned too that it sometimes pays off to give the setup a little hand.

The sharpness and dof is spot on. Colours look great and she really look currious to research the new environment. Very good composition.

wonderful capture, tender and silent.
Very pretty, and very close to nature at its best.
Thank you for showing what is happening unnoticed in silence around us next door.
Best regards,

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